RALEIGH: McCrory signs bill legalizing cannabis oil - WNCN: News, Weather

McCrory signs bill legalizing cannabis oil

Posted: Updated:
Gov. Pat McCrory signs a bill legalizing the use of CBD oil for treatment of severe forms of epilepsy. Gov. Pat McCrory signs a bill legalizing the use of CBD oil for treatment of severe forms of epilepsy.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday signed into law a bill legalizing the use of medicinal oil derived from a strain of medical marijuana to treat severe forms of epilepsy.

The North Carolina Senate had unanimously voted in favor of House Bill 1220, which legalizes and regulates hemp oil extract to be used in treating severe epilepsy that has not been responsive to three or more treatments.

The oil is derived from a strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web, which is low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and high in cannibidiol, or CBD. THC is the psychoactive element in marijuana that gives a user a "high."

State Rep. Pat McElraft (R-Carteret County), who introduced the legislation, has insisted the "Hope 4 Haley and Friends" bill does not legalize medical marijuana, rather "this is only a medicine for these children so that they can develop motor skills."

McCrory signed the bill at the Executive Mansion Thursday surrounded by families of children who suffer from epileptic seizures. The law is named after Haley Ward, who attended the ceremony.

"When we go to a doctor's appointment and they ask, 'What do you want to try, mom?' And I'm like, 'There's nothing left.' But, now I found this. We want to try this," said Sherena Ward, Haley's mother.

Department of Health and Human Services has until Oct. 1 to adopt temporary rules to issue registration cards for the oil's use, and a database of registered caregivers, patients and recommending neurologists.

Families can now apply to be part of a study to see how the drug could help their children. If DHHS adopts rules prior to Oct. 1, the oil could be made available sooner.

RELATED STORIES

Copyright 2014 WNCN. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
  • UNC: Former athletes can return to finish degrees

    UNC: Former athletes can return to finish degrees

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:04:36 GMT
    UNC Chancellor Carol Folt. (File photo)UNC Chancellor Carol Folt. (File photo)
    University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt announced a new program Thursday that will allow former UNC athletes to return and finish their uncompleted degrees.
    University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt announced a new program Thursday that will allow former UNC athletes to return and finish their uncompleted degrees.
  • Indian teen has 232 'teeth' removed from jaw

    Indian teen has 232 'teeth' removed from jaw

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:23:39 GMT
    After complaining of pain in his jaw, an Indian teen and his family discovered that he had a severe dental condition - and surgeons pulled 232 "teeth" from his jaw. 
    After complaining of pain in his jaw, an Indian teen and his family discovered that he had a severe dental condition - and surgeons pulled 232 "teeth" from his jaw. 
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.